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Plants of the UNF Campus

Cuphea schumannii - (no common name)
Family Lythraceae


About two hundred and fifty species of Cuphea are native to North America and South America, including the Caribbean. This species is native to Mexico. It serves as a tall groundcover in the garden. The flower is an orange tube with two lavender petals. 


See these plants on the west side of building 2.


Herbaceous plant with sprawling stems to two to three feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun

Water: drought tolerant when established

Soil: well-drained, otherwise very adaptable, no special requirements

This is an uncommon plant in Florida gardens. It appears to be fairly drought tolerant and has demonstrated cold hardiness to the mid-20’s F.